Category : Teens

Video Games Invading Our Bookshelves!

What do you play? Minecraft? World of Warcraft (aka WoW)? If playing video games isn’t enough for you, we have books based on your favorite video games!

Parents, you may find books your kids will love. It’ll get their faces away from the screen and stuck in a book!

Check out the video game series invading our bookshelves:

Assassin’s Creed (Game Debut: November 13, 2007)
Books:
-“Assassin’s Creed: The Last Descendants” by Matthew J. Kirby
-“Assassin’s Creed: The Last Descendants-The Tomb of the Khan” by Matthew J. Kirby
-“ Assassin’s Creed: Trial by Fire” by Anthony Del Col

2. Five Night’s at Freddy’s (Game Debut: August 8, 2014)
Books:
-“The Silver Eyes” by Scott Cawthorn
-“The Twisted Ones” by Scott Cawthorn
-“The Fourth Closet” by Scott Cawthorn

3. Halo (Game Debut: November 15, 2001)
Books:
-“Halo: The Fall of Reach” by Eric S. Nylund
-“Halo: Cryptum” by Greg Bear
-“Halo: Bad Blood” by Matt Forbeck

4. The Legend of Zelda (Game Debut: February 21, 1986)
Books:
-“The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Seasons; Oracles of Ages” by Akira Himekawa
-“The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” by Akira Himekawa
-“The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap; Phantom Hourglass” by Akira Himekawa

5. Minecraft (Game Debut: November 18, 2011)
Books:
-“The Quest for the Diamond Sword” by Winter Morgan
-“Quest of the Golden Apple” by Morgan Miller
-“Herobrine’s War” by Mark Cheverton

6. Plants vs. Zombies (Game Debut: May 5, 2009)
Books:
-“Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon” by Paul Tobin
-“Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse” by Paul Tobin
-“Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You” by Paul Tobin

7. Pokemon (Game Debut: February 27, 1996)
Books:
-“Pokemon XY #01” by Hidenori Kusaka
-“Pokemon Horizon: Sun & Moon” by Ten’ya Yubuno
-“Legends of Alola” by Simcha Whitehill

8. StarCraft (Game Debut: March 31, 1998)
Books:
-“Heaven’s Devils” by William C. Dietz
-“Devil’s Due” by Christie Golden
-“Starcraft: Evolution” by Timothy Zahn

9. The Witcher (Game Debut: October 26, 2007)
Books:
-“The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher” by Andrzej Sapkowski
-“Blood of Elves” by Andrzej Sapkowski
-“Sword of Destiny” by Andrzej Sapkowski

10. World of Warcraft (Game Debut: November 23, 2004)
Books:
-“World of Warcraft: Book #01” by Walter Simonson
-“Arthus: Rise of the Lich King” by Christie Golden
-“Wolfheart” by Richard A. Knaak

Winter Reading Challenge

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Looking forward to a season of reading to avoid the chilly outdoors? Try this winter reading challenge!

For the challenge, you must read:

1. A book with “winter” in the title

2. A winter holiday cookbook AND make a dish from your favorite recipe

3. A book about winter crafts and create your favorite one

4. A book associated with a winter holiday (Hints: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc.)

5. A book with snow on the cover

6. A book from an author who was born in December, January, or February. (Hints: J.R.R. Tolkien (January 3), Charles Dickens (February 7) and, Jane Austen (December 16), etc.)

7. A book set in the winter

8. A book with “cold” in the title

9. A winter mystery

10. A book set in a cold, foreign country (Hints: Russia, Iceland, Canada, etc.)

Get a jumpstart finding these books in our winter selection! Good luck (and stay warm)!

Learning English at the Lilburn Branch

Lilburn Branch is fast becoming a center for learning English from a Primary Language! Lilburn Branch now offers English in Your Language in four different languages. English in Your Language, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish provide a community based forum for customers new to Gwinnett County to learn English in the library setting.

Each language program is led by a staff member from Lilburn Branch fluent in the program language. English in Your Language/Chinese is led by Annie Chang, Library Assistant I, PT; English in Your Language Japanese is led by Keitaro Mikami, Library Associate PT; English in Your Language/Spanish is led by Lenin Argueta Library Associate FT/ and Andres Cardona FT Library Associate Customer Contact Center and English in Your Language/Korean is led by
Michael Kim, Supervisory Librarian. In addition to learning English, participants experience community and become library customers!

To learn more about these programs, check out the calendar here

U.S. Passport Acceptance at Buford Sugar-Hill Branch

Submitted by Doris Sumner

Did you know that you could apply for a passport at the library?

Buford-Sugar Hill Branch is an officially-designated passport application acceptance facility. Since launching in April 2018, Buford Branch has accepted over 1100 passport applications.

We accept applications for new passports, lost/stolen passports, passports expired over 5 years ago, and children’s renewals. The form used is Form DS-11 and is available at the Buford-Sugar Hill Branch or online at the U.S. Department of State Passport Website.

We accept applications on a first come first served basis, no appointments needed. Both routine and expedited processing are available.

For those that are traveling within 14 days, you must make an appointment with a regional passport agency.

For more information see the following: Passport Service at Buford-Sugar Hill

Starting January 2, 2019 we will be expanding our services to include passport photos on site and our hours will be changing to 12:00-7:00 Monday-Thursday and 12:00-3:00 Friday-Sunday.

6 Freaky Books Based on True Stories

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

A good scary story sends chills down your spine. A true one keeps you up at all night.
Are you up for a frightening reading challenge this Halloween season? Here are six books based on freaky true stories:

1. Dead Mountain by Donnie Eicher (Adult Non-Fiction)

Join Donnie Eicher as he uncovers the mysterious deaths of nine Russian hikers in the Ural Mountains in 1959.
Investigators discovered the hikers’ tents were open from the inside, their belongings left behind. Whatever happened to the hikers remains a mystery to this day. For some reason, their clothes show signs of radiation exposure.

2. Deliver Us From Evil by Ralph Sarchie (Adult Non-Fiction)

You might remember the movie with the same title premiered in 2014. While the film was completely fictional, Ralph Sarchie’s demons were not. The former NYPD officer still performs exorcisms (for free).

3. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Adult Non-Fiction)

H.H. Holmes invited guests to his hotel and they never checked out. His infamous “murder castle” had built-in torture rooms, trap doors, and acid vats. The victims’ skeletons were sold to medical supply companies. Makes you think twice about your next hotel reservation.

4. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (Adult Fiction)

William Blatty’s inspiration for The Exorcist came from two exorcists’ case of Ronald Hunkeler. Hunkeler showed signs of demon possession after playing with a Ouija board (bad move from the start). His St. Louis home still stands today. No demons have been sighted.

5. Norman by Stephen Lancaster (Adult Non-Fiction)

Add Norman to your list of creepy dolls to avoid along with Chucky and Annabelle. Paranormal investigator Stephen Lancaster finds Norman at an antique shop. Unknowingly, he has purchased a doll haunted by an unborn child.

6. The Terror by Dan Simmons (Adult Fiction)

While Sir John Franklin’s 1845 arctic expedition features a monster stalking him and his crew, the real history is a darker tale.

Franklin and his crew never returned from the voyage alive. Rumors of mutiny, poison, and cannibalism added fuel to the mystery. Franklin’s ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror weren’t found until the 21st century. Even then, no further evidence of Franklin’s whereabouts.

If you’re craving more chills and thrills, search through our library catalog’s horror collection.

 

How to Fund Your Dreams

Submitted by Ashley Melonson

Nearly every high school student has heard the sage advice, that in order to fulfill their life and career ambitions, they must head to college. However, with the rising rates of tuition, what once seemed like an easy given has become a pricey, daunting decision. Mountain Park’s How to Fund Your Dreams program will enlighten you on how you can make your aspirations for a first-rate education a reality.

Hal Wilkinson, a representative of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, will offer illuminating information on financial resources for prospective students. The How to Fund Your Dreams program will go over more than well-known financial assistance programs, like HOPE and FAFSA. It will also delve into unconventional scholarships, from a plethora of organizations, that celebrate the diversity and varied interests of college applicants.

No matter where you are in your search for college financial aid, How to Fund Your Dreams can provide insight on how to reach your goals.

Come join us at this spectacular event, being held at the Mountain Park branch, on October 29th at 4 PM.

LGBTQ Resources @ Your Library

Submitted by Mack Freeman

October is LGBT History Month, and Atlanta just got done celebrating both Atlanta Pride and National Coming Out Day. Gwinnett County Public Library is proud to support everyone in our community. Public libraries have an ethos that makes them open to all, no matter their sexual orientation or gender expression. Whether you’re looking for LGBTQ-related information for yourself or for someone else, Gwinnett County Public Library is here to help.

The library has numerous LGBTQ books available for all ages in our collection. You can browse the collection online or in-person at your neighborhood branch. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, grab a library team member, and they can help you find something that’s exactly right for you. You can also find items that may be of interest in our digital collections on Libby and Flipster (magazines).

One resource that’s especially useful for those interested in LGBTQ topics is the EBSCO Ebook collection available through GALILEO. With over 2,000 titles related to LGBTQ topics, this resource covers everything from LGBTQ oral history to youth issues to health concerns and so much more. This database is consistently updated with new titles, and every item is available 24/7 whether the library is open or not.

If there are any in-depth topics related to LGBTQ issues you’re looking into, don’t forget that you can Book a Librarian. Book a Librarian sessions typically run for about 45 minutes, and they offer 1-on-1 assistance on any of your research needs. Researching LGBTQ issues can be tough. For instance, did you know that many search engines and databases will return different results for gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual, GLBT, LGBT, GLBTQ, and LGBTQ? A database sometimes isn’t smart enough to link all of these things together, but a librarian can help make sure that nothing you’re looking for is falling through the cracks.

Not seeing what you’re looking for? Contact your local branch and talk with the team there about what sorts of programs and services you’d like to see in your area. If you’d rather submit your comments digitally, you can submit suggestions for the collection and program ideas digitally. Gwinnett County Public Library is a reflection of our community, but we need your help to make sure we are offering exactly what you want.

Memoir Writing Workshops at the Peachtree Corners Branch

Submitted by Kelsey Simon

Recently, local best-selling author Fran Stewart, has been hosting sessions of a memoir class at the Peachtree Corners branch. Her classes focus on you–your memories, your experiences, and how you can find ways to begin translating those memories onto paper.

There couldn’t have been a better time of year for Fran to host her classes. The weather has begun changing, the trees have started to brown and lose their leaves. I don’t know about anyone else, but fall makes me excited for the coming holidays, and with thoughts of holidays, inevitably comes thoughts of family.

We each have a history. Whether that history is good, bad, or a complex mix of both and everything in between, is for each of us to decide. No matter who you are, or where you come from, your identity is tied to your memories–and those memories are a story.

I realize the words memoir and story might be scary. Most people don’t consider themselves writers. But has your mother ever told you a story about her childhood? Or your family friend ever shared a funny anecdote with you about something they did in a sticky situation? Telling stories is writing too–but instead of using our hands to put words down on paper, we use our mouths and our memories.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer. You don’t have to have written anything before. You could just be thinking about the past, thinking about who you are and the things that have made you that way. Fran’s writing class on memoirs is far less about the writing–it’s more about learning how to remember, how to find a way to jot down memories that might otherwise escape you.  

If you’d like to attend the last two sessions of Fran Stewart’s class on memoirs, come join us at the Peachtree Corners branch on Sunday, October 28th at 1:00, and Sunday, November 4th at 1:00. It’s okay if you didn’t attend the first two–there’s always something new to learn.

LGBTQ+ Books in Honor of Atlanta Pride

Submitted by Dru Hill 

This past weekend, Gwinnett County Public Library participated in the Atlanta Pride Festival. We set up a booth in the heart of Piedmont Park and brought a button maker, crafts, and lots of enthusiasm. Our amazing children’s librarians offered storytimes throughout the weekend and joyfully shared their love of the library, along with the entire community that we serve. We try to ensure that our resources, programs, and collection reflect the diversity that we see all around us and, to that end, we came up with a short list of LGBTQ+ titles in honor of Pride Week. No matter who you are, there’s something in the library for you. Check out one of these amazing titles today!

 

For Kids:

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

George by Alex Gino

Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities by Jerome Pohlen

 

For Teens:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson

 

For Adults:

The ABCs of LGBT+ by Ashley Mardell

Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism

For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

 

You can find all these titles and more in the library’s catalog.

Cosmetic Contact Lenses

Submitted by Jon Freeman

Halloween is just around the corner. Many kids, teenagers, and adults will be dressing up in costumes to celebrate. Whether you’re planning to cap off a Halloween costume with a pair of cat-eye lenses, get the big-eye look of circle lenses, or switch your eye color from blue to violet for the day, cosmetic contacts — contact lenses meant to change the way your eye looks rather than correct your vision — may seem like just another fashion accessory.

But did you know that wearing decorative or cosmetic contact lenses that are obtained without a prescription can be risky? According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Wearing any kind of contact lenses, including decorative or cosmetic ones, can cause serious damage to your eyes if the lenses are obtained without a prescription or not used correctly.” Contact lenses need to fit your eye correctly. If they don’t, or if they aren’t used and cared for properly, they can cause serious damage to your eyes. What kind of damage? Things like infection, decreased vision, scratches to the cornea, conjunctivitis (pink eye), or even blindness.

To learn more about this issue feel free to read a recent article about it from the FDA’s website by clicking here.